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obama and mississippi senator roger wicker have initially tested positive for ricin, a deadly poison. we should point out the initial tests are sometimes inaccurate but they did create an evacuation in the senate today. i want to bring in chief white house correspondent jessica yellin at the white house and chief congressional correspondent dana bash on capitol hill. jessica, let's start with you. what is the white house telling us about this letter to president obama? i know it didn't actually arrive at the white house, but what do we know about the substance in this letter? >> jake, well, we know first of all that they are -- the fbi and the secret service are continuing to investigate and conducting further tests on this letter. they say that they had protocol set up for exactly this kind of incident and this is the exact standard incident that they, you know, protocol they set up after 9/11. the letter contained a message that was parallel to the same message that was in a letter sent to senator wicker. it said, quote, i am -- it said to see a wrong and not expose it is to become a s
this morning. president obama, we learned, will travel to boston tomorrow. he will attend an interfaith service for the victims of the bombings and their families. for more on the president's plans and his visit to massachusetts, let's go to white house and our white house correspondent brianna keilar. good morning. >> reporter: president obama, we learned yesterday, will travel to boston tomorrow for this interfaith memorial service dedicated to those who were injured or killed in the boston bombings. this will be at the cathedral of the holy cross in boston. president obama, no doubt, preparing for what will be an emotional event. he will be striking a tone as consoler and chief, something we have seen at the white house. we heard him yesterday talking about the people who ran the marathon in boston, after the bombings still went to hospitals to give blood. he will talk about this tragedy and also talk about how this sort of has brought out the best of some of the folks in boston. he is also the commander in chief, that means the investigation of the boston bombings stops with him. he address
closer together in one way. russia's president vladimir putin has phoned barack obama to offer condolences and to pledge and commit to greater support, greater coordination in dealing with the threat of international terrorism. this is something that russia has been pushing for, arguing for, for a long time now, and the u.s. president is said to have returned that commitment. john, christine? >> as you said this puts the tensions between russia and check nia into the spotlight. will this have larger implications in that tension? >> this is the important context here. russia has been fighting wars and counter insurgency operations in chechnya and the surrounding region for almost 20 years now, that is becomes increasingly islamists in their intentions and those same militants and terrorists from that region have also launched devastating atacks here in moscow and other parts of russia as well. russia has always argued its efforts to put down these militants should be viewed within the same context as the global war on terrorism but russia has always felt it hasn't got the sympat
with a littleit of the elephant in the room. president obama didn't use the word terrorism. became a little bit of a political football. but bottom line, forget aut left versus right what are the practicalities about what language you use and how it may hierr hp going forward? >> what the president did not want to do is panic people before information was in. e thet"ord, terrorism.ot t but he also doesn't want to give a future defense attorney the ability to say, oh, well there wasn't a political motive with this guy. he was just some random -- >> political motive key to a finding of terrorism. >> so it's a nonstory. ion't know why people are raising it. everyone knows this was an act hod drop that. there's no brownie points to be gained at this stage. let's let the investigators figure out who d ts and the response and life goes on. ryil issue.to me just to be >> don't handcuff yourself before you know what you're dealing with. >> exactly. we have no idea right now. >> all right, julia, thank you very much. >> up next we're going to take a look at the evidence left behind. so much to pore thro
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in the form of letters sent to president obama and a u.s. senator. each tested positive for ricin, a third letter stoent a judent in mississippi is being retested. paul kevin curtis is in jail in mississippi. he vehemently denies the allegations. he is not aware of any illness as a result of the letters. after the boston bombing, some say work on an immigration bill should be delayed. republican senator, dan coats, of indiana, says that congress should wait until the emotional reaction to the bombing subsides before debating immigration. the two brothers came to the u.s. legally from the russian caucasus region. the younger brother immigrated with his parents in 2002. the older brother came later. the younger brother became a u.s. citizen last year. >>> for the boy scouts of america, gay scouts might soon be allowed to join but not gay scout leaders. that's the proposal from the scout's executive committee. a final proposal is expected to be presented to the boy scouts voting members at their meeting in dallas in may. let's go back to boston now. don? >> thank you, victor. we'll check back
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. we are -- >> we're hearing president obama set to visit boston tomorrow just to make everybody understand how big this is to the country. there will be an interfaith service when we gets here. we're tracking this entire story for you live in boston, looking at who was lost, but also the important steps toward finding who did this and why. let's bring in national correspondent susan candiotti joining us here in boston with the latest. susan? >> good morning, chris. because of these photos, we are now getting a close-up look at what a killer or killers used to kill and to maim innocent people. crime scene photos show part of what could be a pressure cooker used in the bombings. others show charred wire, attached to a battery. what appears to be a small circuit board. a half-inch nail. and a blood-stained zipper pull tab. another shows what looks like a massive ball bearing bb intended as deadly shrapnel. investigators are also combing through hundreds of photos from the scene, including this one, where a light-colored bag sits next to a mailbox. the before and after images captur
at mit. >> and president obama promising the city they would get assistan assistance. athena jones at the white house this morning. what else did we hear from the president? >> reporter: good morning, john and christine. in the days since the bombing in boston we heard words of comfort to the victims and to the city of boston. late last night in a statement he offered words of comfort and he answered questions many of the people following the story have been asking. >> tonight there are still many unanswered questions. among them, why did young men that grew up and studied here as part of our communities and our country resort to such violence? how did they plan and carry out these attacks? did they receive any help? the families of those killed so senselessly deserve answers. the wounded, some of whom now have to learn how to stand and walk and live again deserve answers. >> the president also said the investigation into this continues to try and get some of those answers. he directed the fbi and the department of homeland security to deploy all necessary resources to get to the b
or group that claimed responsibility. >> reporter: day four, president obama comes to boston and speaks at an interfaith service telling boston the country stands with it. >> the world will return to this great american city to run harder than ever and to cheer even louder for the 118th boston marathon. bet on it. >> reporter: later that day, a break in the case. the fbi releases photos and surveillance videos of these two men walking with backpacks. at 10:48 p.m., gunshots are heard on the campus of m.i.t. in massachusetts. reports say that officer sean collier was killed. after that a black mercedes was stolen leading police on a chase. throwing grenades and pipe bombs out of the windows. one suspect, tamerlan tsarnaev was killed. day five, witnesses describe the mayhem. >> we saw the explosion. we must have heard about 60 gunshots. >> reporter: 2:40 a.m. a robo call sent to watertown incidents. >> there is an active incident in watertown right now. all watertown residents should remain in their homes. >> reporter: 4:22 a.m. a suspect on the run. >> we believe this to be a terrorist.
president phoned barack obama to express sympathy but also to offer support both in the context of i vest gaiting this particular case but also future closer toop ration in dealing withtism. they what we know back in 2011 russian authorities asked the fbi to take a look at the elder of the two brothers. they're not seeing what they knew or why he showed up on their radar as a threat. we've heard from u.s. officials that the information was vague. as a result that investigation didn't know up or turn up any evidence of extremism or he was a threat to anyone. for some reason the russians were concerned. all the russian government has revealed publicly what it was that made them so worried. >> does any of this help the kremlin. >> reporter: very a very prong time russia has argued its efts should be viewed within the same context rp rush shaz has not always received the sympathy it deserves. largely because of wide spread going back to the first and second check yan wars. there's been concerns, reports, of criticism. people disappearing and so forth. russia's view and its been expressed sinc
the bombs exploded seconds apart. president obama calling it an act of terror but saying no group foreign or domestic claimed responsibility for the attack. at this point, joining me now is jeffrey deedee, a security consultant, trained with boston police s.w.a.t. team. thank you for being with us. what we know now about the bomb, apparently in a pressure cooker device, both devices hidden in a backpack, low to the ground, perhaps placed on the street. what do you make of what you're hearing about the devices? >> well, i'm alarmed by what i'm hearing about the devices, because i stand -- i got back last year after nine months in afghanistan, and these pressure cookers are a tactic, technique that is used by the taliban and by al qaeda in afghanistan. very effective weapons, they try to pick the pressure cookers up wherever they can, and they use them to make their ieds. and quite concerned that this is a ttt as they call it in the military that -- >> ttp. >> tactic, technique and -- but the ttp -- procedures -- things of the taliban that we're now seeing here. that doesn't mean it was the
-old martin richard, and krystle campbell. >>> president obama will travel to boston on thursday. now we go to chris cuomo live for us in boston. it seems here we are 24 hours more or later and nobody seems to have a real clue who has done this or why. >> reporter: that shouldn't be surprising, piers, these investigations take a very long time to develop, especially starting with being multifactorial, no group claiming responsibility. so much ground to canvas, this is going to be a difficult investigation. i think it's good news that the authorities said in their presser that they're in no rush. very often as we both know, haste makes waste when it comes to an investigation. this is about getting it right. >> that is true. i imagine there'll be some people in boston who will be concerned for their safety. that the perpetrator of this atrocity is still at large. >> that's absolutely true. at least that's what they believe at this time, piers. but what is also true, there's never been as large a military and police presence in this city as there is right now. in the presser, they asked for pa
, including 8-year-old martin richard, and krystle campbell. >>> president obama will travel to boston on thursday. >>> we have the remains of a pressure cooker, a shredded black backpack and some kind of ball bearings or metal pellets. what can we read into this at this stage? >> you are looking at what they have in this investigation, which is the bombs themselves. apparently two very similar if not twin bombs placed in black nylon bags that they are recreating as much as they can. at quantico. the fbi lab. it is hal, who did this and why that they really do not have any leads on. you are looking at forensic evidence, it will be very important when they catch this person. but in terms of trying to find that person, i think it will be more difficult as they recreate the bombs. they will have to figure out where some of this material may have come from. perhaps this will spark a tip from somebody who knows about somebody was working with pressure cookers or maybe has just put trust them. but right now, it all seems to be centered around the forensics and putting this all back together,
their loved ones at the hospital. amazing. elizabeth cohen, thank you very much. president obama is cancelling his thursday morning meetings at the white house to travel here to boston to honor the victims of monday's marathon bombings. we have been told he will speak at an interfaith service here, speaking late yesterday morning at the white house calling this a cowardly terrorist act. >>> if you would like to help those affected by monday's devastating terrorist attack there is a way, cnn.com/impactyourworld. >> many people needing blood in boston specifically. stay with cnn for live continuing coverage of the boston marathon attack, including chilling new photos here of the explosive device that inflicted all this pain and suffering. who did it? why did they do it? many, many questions this early wednesday morning. >>> plus there is another very big developing story overnight. a letter addressed to a u.s. senator testing positive for the deadly poison ricin. where that investigation stands right now this morning. you're watching a special edition of "early start." lactose-free lactaid® it'
and stephen flynn has been anned a vief to barack obama and george w. bush. jessica stern served 0 president clinton's national security council staff and is now at the harvard school of public health and bret stevens won a pulitzer prize for thiz excellent columns in the "wall street journal." thank you all. >> when you watched the response to what happened in boston, what were your thoughts in terms of our ability to handle these kinds of attacks. >> it was impressive and it drove home a core realism about the nature of dealing with terrorism attack when they manifest themselves. it is the bystanders, neighbors, supported by local fire department, police, emergency management folks and there's little question that americans took solace in the competence and compassion and the selflessness of people's response and that's an important message when we deal with this threat that we can handle it and bounce back quickly. that's also something that happened. i teach at northeast university. just a mile from where the attacks went off in copley square near the finish line. what was extraordinary
>> president obama called the bombings an act of terror. >> this was a heinous and cowardly act, and given what we now know about what took place, the fbi's investigating it as an ability of terrorism. any time bombs are used to target innocent civilians, it is an ability ct of terror. >> new details about the horrif horrific act. here's what we know at the moment. the number of people killed stands at three. that includes an 8-year-old boy. >> police have just raised the number of people wounded. they now say 176 people were hurt in the blast, at least 17 are in critical condition but still no arrests and no group has claimed responsibility for the attack. >> the fbi leading the investigation, authorities say they are following several leads. you are looking here at live pictures. we've got live pictures. there are of the crime scene, overlooking copley square in boston. >> investigators are combing through every inch. they are simply searching for clues, anything to bring attention to this. we've got an update on the investigation. this news conference happened just a short ti
are with everyone hurting tonight. we wish you strength and comfort. president obama spoke about the bombing victims and survivors at today's memorial in boston. take a look at some of the sites and the sounds. ♪ >> today our prayers are with the campbell family of medford, their daughter krystle was always smiling. those who knew her said that with her red hair and her freckles and her ever eager willingness to speak her mind, she was beautiful, sometimes she'd be a little noisy, and everybody loved her for it. ♪ our prayers are with the lu family of china who sent their daughter lingzu for all of the city that it had to offer. she was a student far from home and in the heart take of her friends and family on both sides of the great ocean, we're reminded of the mun manti that we all share. our prayers are with the richard family of dorchester and our hearts are broken for 8-year-old martin with his big smile and bright eyes. and we're left with two enduring images of this little boy, forever smiling for his beloved bruins and forever expressing a wish he made on a blue poster board. "no more hu
monday. and that was the united states, president putin, president obama decided to step back and reset, again, the u.s./russian relationship. it had been in a spiral over the adoptions, over human rights, over each country barring visitors, and that was a relationship in trouble. on the day of the marathon, they agreed to, no, we're going to meet and we're going to upgrade relations. i think we're lucky on the timing of this. i expect, as part of a broader warming with u.s./russian relations, that we will get more cooperation, certainly more cooperation than we would have gotten a month ago. >> all right. lou, i want to go back to you and talk about the acting alone part. in the new york area, you know, after 9/11, had lots of experience with this. just looking -- i know you're not investigating this particular case, but judging from the outside, in, do you think these brothers acted alone in do you think there could have been another co-conspirator, so to speak? >> you know, to me, don, circumstances including the travel dictate the likelihood that they received some support, probably
system of justice. >> i strongly disagree with the obama administration's decision to rule out enemy combatant status for this suspect. >> reporter: and the question of whether the fbi dropped the ball in 2011 when it looked at tamerlan tsarnaev's activity will be the subject of a closed-door briefing on capitol hill later today, when law enforcement officials brief lawmakers. john? >> all right, barbara starr, thanks so much. barbara starr in washington. i want to bring back fran townsend, cnn analyst, former homeland security adviser to president george w. bush. and fran, i want to get your take here. where do you think the investigation stands right now? we've had these initial criminal complaints given dzhokhar tsarnaev. we've seen sort of the case laid out just a little bit. but how about the investigation itself? what are the next steps? >> well, first of all, we know from investigators that they're cooperating with the russians. i talked to sources, federal sources, and the cooperation between russian authorities and the fbi is quite good. both want to understand what they mig
obama and the first lady, we saw the governor, the mayor, huge venue for that interfaith service last thursday. we'll play that for you. and we will stop talking and pause to reflect. we promise to do that. i want to take you live to deb feyerick, who has been going over some of the details in the charges, reading through the criminal complaint. and, deb, talking about this earlier, the charges don't include that m.i.t. police officer shot and killed. >> correct. that's exactly right. you know, this criminal complaint really -- this is -- i've seen this happen before, this criminal complaint is roughly, let's see, this is ten pages long. when the final -- when the actual indictment comes out, chances are it will be many times larger than this. usually, you know, the indictments we get are anywhere between 40, 50, 60 pages, it all depends. this is what they have got so far. this is enough for them to hold this man in the hospital, as they continue to investigate. there is a lot of evidence out there, and very interesting, earlier you showed a picture of a group of people that are aroun
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